Swift response to help bird numbers

By Joe Briscoe

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

 

Swift response to help bird numbers

AN attempt to increase the number of swifts on the Isle of Wight is being undertaken by the team from Natural Enterprise.

As part of its Gift to Nature conservation project, the team hopes to identify the local hotspots of swift activity around the Island and increase the numbers of the dwindling population.

In less than 20 years, more than half the entire swift population in south east England has been lost and Island residents have now started to identify places on the Island where these birds are found to congregate and breed.

Samantha Buck, from Gift to Nature, said: "We will use this information to conserve nest sites and decide where we need to create new sites by using special nest boxes on existing buildings and swift-friendly designs in new buildings and redevelopments."

Gift to Nature would especially like to know about schools, churches, libraries, village halls, sports centres and any other public and community buildings which might be home to swifts but any and all breeding sites are important. To get in touch or complete a short survey visit www.gifttonature.org.uk.

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